From Honky-Tonk to Swamp Blues: Two NYC acts spice up the Avalon’s SLR

Next Wednesday and Thursday evening bring a couple of diverse acts from Gotham that should interest those with an ear for twang. Both performances are $20 with tickets still available via the Avalon Box Office at 410.822.7299.

The country swing of the Sweetback Sisters, which is as infectious as it is heartbreaking, plays to a Stoltz crowd Wednesday, May 25th. Like their pseudo-sister role models, the Davis Sisters, the Sweetback Sisters sing country songs in close, surrogate-sister harmony (and of course signature matching dresses). Their repertoire combines several of the Sisters’ passions — country music from before they were born and new interpretations of those traditions — to create a fresh take on what it means to be country. Listeners of Nora Jones’ side project The Willies will also find the Sisters’ music both familiar and engaging.

The Boston Globe writes, “If you think the concepts of hipster Brooklynites and classic country music are mutually exclusive, allow us to introduce you to this swinging sextet. Fronted by the closely harmonizing duo of Zara Bode and Emily Miller, the zingy group is simultaneously reverent of tradition and contemporaneously cheeky.”


Walter Parks has established himself as a sought after guitarist and songwriter over the past three decades. He recently opened for a sold-out Judy Collins performance at the Avalon where he impressed with his twang, rich tone and bluesy vibe. He’s best known as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, but has also founded the New York City-based folk-duo The Nudes, and is the bandleader of the swamp blues-outfit Swamp Cabbage. He stepped out on his own in 2010 to record a solo album, which was released (on Collins’ Wildflower Records) in April 2011.

Boister veteran and master guitarist Curt Heavey opens up for Parks, making this show even more of a treat for guitar fans. “He (Heavey) is truly one of the most unique guitar players I’ve ever heard, utterly world class.” – Jim Dickinson/Producer for Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones





THE SWEETBACK SISTERS: Wednesday, May 25 – 8pm. $20
WALTER PARKS (w. opener Curt Heavey): Thursday, May 26 – 8pm. $20
Stoltz Listening Room at the Avalon Theatre
Box Office: 410.822.7299